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Man in court over M45 burned body

Artist's impression of M45 murder victim
Police say they have identified the dead man

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a badly burned body was found by a motorway.

The victim, who police said they have identified, was found alight on an embankment by the M45 near Dunchurch, in Warwickshire, on 30 December.

Irshad Wali, 51, of Plaistow, east London, appeared before magistrates and has been remanded into custody.

Four men arrested in connection with the death have been released without charge and one man has been bailed.

Head injuries

Mr Wali was one of the six men arrested on Wednesday. He will appear at Stratford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Detectives said they would not be releasing the name of the murdered man, also thought to be from east London, until his next-of-kin had been informed.

A post-mortem examination carried out found the victim had suffered substantial head injuries before he was set on fire.

The investigation has now been transferred from Warwickshire Police to the Metropolitan Police.

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